Anthony Paik, sociology, has been named director of the Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) program. The program supports students in designing individualized interdisciplinary majors not already offered at the university. BDIC is housed in Commonwealth Honors College and is open to all undergraduates.
“I am excited to take on the mantle of director of BDIC. Dating back to my interdisciplinary bachelor's degree in public policy, where I combined my interests in sociology, organizations and educational policy, I have been committed to the pursuit of interdisciplinary work as a critical endeavor,” Paik said. “I am looking forward to working with students as they explore how unique combinations of disciplines and courses lead to exciting intellectual developments and prepare them to be the next generation of pathbreakers.”
Paik joined UMass Amherst in 2014. He is an associate professor in sociology and an affiliate of the Computational Social Science Institute. Previously, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Iowa, with joint appointments in the departments of sociology and gender, women’s and sexuality studies for more than a decade. There, he also served as the director of social science policy at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center.
Commonwealth Honors College Dean Gretchen H. Gerzina said, “We are extraordinarily fortunate to have such a gifted and experienced new director in Tony Paik. His interdisciplinary work here at UMass Amherst and at the University of Iowa make him uniquely qualified to move the BDIC program to even greater success than it has already achieved.”
Paik researches social networks, formal models, social demography and sexuality. His publications include “The Sexual Organization of the City,” which he coedited. His journal articles have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Rationality and Society, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Social Science Research.
Currently, Paik is working on a computational study of cyberbullying funded by the National Institute of Justice. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy, a master’s degree in sociology and a doctorate in sociology, all from the University of Chicago.